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The H.D. Book (Collected Writings of Robert Duncan)

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This magisterial work, long awaited and long the subject of passionate speculation, is an unprecedented exploration of modern poetry and poetics by one of Americas most acclaimed and influential postwar poets. What began in 1959 as a simple homage to the modernist poet H.D. developed into an expansive and unique quest to arrive at a poetics that would fuel Duncans great work in the 1970s. A meditation on both the roots of modernism and its manifestation in the work of H.D., Ezra Pound, D.H. Lawrence, William Carlos Williams, Edith Sitwell, and many others, Duncans wide-ranging book is especially notable for its illumination of the role women played in creation of literary modernism. Until now, The H.D. Book existed only in mostly out-of-print little magazines in which its chapters first appeared. Now, for the first time published in its entirety, as its author intended, this monumental work—at once an encyclopedia of modernism, a reinterpretation of its key players and texts, and a record of Duncans quest toward a new poetics—is at last complete and available to a wide audience.

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"Duncan's (1919 — 1988) great meditation on modernism's last remaining question mark finally sees print. Published as the first volume in California's Collected Writings of Robert Duncan series, this lovingly prepared volume presents this long critical work, written in 1960 and 1961, in its full form for the first time. It brilliantly reconstructs the dynamics of Pound, Williams, and H.D.'s complex, charged, evolving poet relations, and of H.D.'s eventual departure from the modernist mainstream into a classicism that exasperated Williams, but clearly fascinates Duncan. It reveals Duncan's own poetic relationship to H.D., with whom he corresponded late in the latter poet's life. It tracks a canonical murder, by which critics (beginning with Randall Jarrell) systematically exclude H.D. from the modernist pantheon. And it shows Duncan, whose great longer works lay ahead of him, struggling to find a poetic kernel within H.D.'s oeuvre. While this book is staged as an elaborate defense of H.D.'s work, and especially her austere and archaic-seeming late poetry, it is best read as the daybook of a poet as he absorbs, thinks through, departs from, returns to, and loves a major antecedent. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

Robert Duncan (1919–1988) was born in Oakland and spent most of his life in California. One of the major figures in the San Francisco Renaissance, Duncan, often identified with Donald Allen's landmark anthology The New American Poetry and the Black Mountain poets, is author of The Opening of the Field, Roots and Branches, and Bending the Bow, among other works.

Michael Boughn is a poet, scholar, and fiction writer. His many publications include H.D.: A Bibliography, 1905–1990, Dislocations in Crystal, Into the World of the Dead, and 22 Skidoo/SubTractions.

Victor Coleman was a founding editor of Coach House Press and is author of one / eye / love, Light Verse, and ICON TACT among many other books of poetry.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Book One: Beginnings

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3 Eros

Chapter 4 Palimpsest

Chapter 5 Occult Matters

Chapter 6 Rites of Participation

Book Two: Nights and Days

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Appendix 1: Preliminary Notes Toward Book 3 of The H.D. Book

Appendix 2: Composition and Publication History of The H.D. Book

Appendix 3: A List of Works Cited by Robert Duncan in The H.D. Book

Credits

Index

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Pete Landers, January 26, 2011 (view all comments by Pete Landers)
This book is long, long overdue. It was supposed to have been published in 1984 by Frontier Press, but only an electronic document ever came to be. Then it was prepared for publication by Robert Duncan in 1988 just before his passing away, but again was abandoned no doubt due to the lack of funds. Fans of Duncan and of H.D. would try numerous times to stir renewed interest, the best attempt being made by Ron Silliman in his blog several years ago. Because it is such an important work in twentieth century poetics, in gay liberation, in self-discovery, and because it has been left unpublished for so long, this has to be the most significant literary publication of the year 2011.

This book is huge. It isn't meant to be read quickly, nor is it meant to be understood quickly. It can inspire conversations for a lifetime. Duncan's speaking style was so desultory, students at his lectures have admitted to becoming physically dizzy. His writing style is no less discursive. Here we have a mature poet freely letting his mind traverse wildly diverse topics, chipping away at his material until his ideas take form. This isn't light reading for a summer vacation. It is a book that is meant to be studied for many years. In fact, many people have purchased the back issues of the magazines in which each chapter appeared just so they could have a tangible version of this book. Now we can all be thankful for the editors, but especially to The Jess Fund which donated money to see this book through publication. Let's hope it never falls out-of-print again.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520260757
Author:
Duncan, Robert
Publisher:
University of California Press
Editor:
Boughn, Michael
Editor:
Coleman, Victor
Author:
Coleman, Victor
Author:
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Author:
Boughn, Mich&amp
Author:
l Boughn
Author:
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Author:
Boughn, Michael
Author:
Mich&amp
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Collected Writings of Robert Duncan
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 b/w photographs
Pages:
696
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Duncan's (1919 — 1988) great meditation on modernism's last remaining question mark finally sees print. Published as the first volume in California's Collected Writings of Robert Duncan series, this lovingly prepared volume presents this long critical work, written in 1960 and 1961, in its full form for the first time. It brilliantly reconstructs the dynamics of Pound, Williams, and H.D.'s complex, charged, evolving poet relations, and of H.D.'s eventual departure from the modernist mainstream into a classicism that exasperated Williams, but clearly fascinates Duncan. It reveals Duncan's own poetic relationship to H.D., with whom he corresponded late in the latter poet's life. It tracks a canonical murder, by which critics (beginning with Randall Jarrell) systematically exclude H.D. from the modernist pantheon. And it shows Duncan, whose great longer works lay ahead of him, struggling to find a poetic kernel within H.D.'s oeuvre. While this book is staged as an elaborate defense of H.D.'s work, and especially her austere and archaic-seeming late poetry, it is best read as the daybook of a poet as he absorbs, thinks through, departs from, returns to, and loves a major antecedent. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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